(Seth and his friend Bethany, with some of the cookies we baked.)
It has been a busy morning. Seth, Sarah, and I had to bundle up and go out in the drizzly rain to the store. We had run out of both laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent. While I was getting us ready, the phone rang and it was my friend Kathy. We made quick plans for her to come over for a visit and bake cookies while our children played together. I had enough time to go downtown to get my errands done. As soon as we got back, I put Seth in the bath to play (he had been begging me for a bath all morning). After I got him settled, I listened to the answering machine and heard a message from the school nurse; Jacob was sick. I ran into the bathroom and pulled a disappointed Seth right back out, made him get dressed, put coats back on everyone and out we went to get our sick boy from High School.
(There are police cars parked outside all the schools now. It is for peace of mind and as a safety precaution. Everyone’s nerves are on edge and I am sad to see the police there, I remind myself that they want to keep the children safe and that is a comfort.)
We got home from our dash to the school and a few minutes later our friends arrived. Jacob got comfortable on the couch and I gave him blankets and medicines.
Kathy brought her favorite recipe for cherry dream cookies and we mixed up a quadruple batch, talking continually.
After baking, we had time to sit, look at magazines, and talk some more. We also exchanged Christmas gifts. I gave her a sweater and she gave me a chunky (very cool) necklace with big green beads. Kathy had to leave at one and I put Seth & Sarah down for naps. They played hard all morning (including torturing the cat) so I know they are good and tired (and will maybe take a long one?). I turned off the lights. It’s a gloomy day outside; the glow of the Christmas tree, and the candle on the table are so pretty. Jacob is sleeping on the couch after throwing up several times. Yes, it appears the stomach bug has struck. Soon Grace will be home from school and then, after another hour, David and Caleb will also be home. Ethan has a basketball game today. He sprained his ankle yesterday so we aren’t sure how much he will be able to play.
I smell like butter, flour, and almond extract. I’m enjoying a cup of coffee. Later on I’ll go downstairs and do my daily two miles on the treadmill.
I thought it would be fun to just sit and document the morning. I’m in such a busy stage of life, with no idea of what each hour will bring.
Happy Tuesday, friends! ((((loves))))